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Nei­ther Mid­dle­hurst (above) nor Chap­man (above right) are of an age to re­mem­ber Jim Clark in his prime, yet he has been a huge in­flu­ence on both of them. “I was a baby in my pram when my dad was rac­ing a Mini against Jimmy,” ex­plains Mid­dle­hurst, “but he was a leg­end in our house­hold. I ended up own­ing four of his cars, but just have the two now: the last of his Lo­tus Corti­nas – which strangely spent most of its life in a Duns gar­den – and the Type 43 that Clark drove to vic­tory in the 1966 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. In an­other nice twist, both were at the Oul­ton Park Gold Cup meet­ing in 1967.”

Be­ing a use­ful driver in his own right, com­plete with dark-blue hel­met and white peak, Mid­dle­hurst of­ten pilots Clark’s Type 25 for Clas­sic Team Lo­tus, which is run by Clive Chap­man, son of Lo­tus founder Colin. “I was only five when Jimmy died,” says Clive, “so don’t re­mem­ber any­thing, but the great thing about Clas­sic Team Lo­tus is that the likes of Bob Dance – who is still with us – worked with him back in the day.” Un­sur­pris­ingly, both Mid­dle­hurst and Chap­man felt com­pelled to bring their cars to Duns.

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